Activities, Fun & Games, Baby development, Parenting Essentials

New Year, New Me: Safe Ways to Get Active with Your Little One

As we enter 2021, everyone will have been coming up with their new years resolutions. What will you write for the next chapter of yours and your little one’s life? It’s completely up to you! At least one new year’s resolution everyone has is to hit the gym. However, with a tot on your hands, this is the perfect opportunity to set goals where you can get active together!

Not only will it help your mind and health, but your patience with your children. You’ll be wondering though, how long after having a baby can you exercise or how to exercise with a baby at home? Don’t panic though – we’re here to inspire your goals for the new year to come!

Mum and baby on a yoga mat in a yoga pose

How long after having a baby can you exercise?

You can begin to do gentle exercise, pretty much whenever you’re feeling up to it. However, this is providing you had an uncomplicated birth. Doing some light exercise will enhance your mood and help your body recover. This can be anything from walking, light stretches and tummy workouts.

However, it’s advised to wait until after your 6-week postnatal check-up, before doing high-intensity exercises. So, make sure to speak to your midwife or GP beforehand. If you had a more problematic delivery or caesarean, recovery time will be extended. Likewise, talk to your midwife or GP before doing any strenuous workouts.

Outdoor exercise ideas for parent and baby

Working out with your little one is a great way to bond and keep fit at the same time. You’ll have lots of fun together by showing them how to do new things like running and jumping. This way your tot will learn that exercise can be enjoyable.

  1. Running with a pram – As we’re in the midst of a pandemic, outdoor activities have become extremely important to keep fit. Pop your little angel into their pushchair and get out and about, for some fun cardio. A baby carrier does the trick too. Plus, the extra weight will give your workout an added boost! However, you must make sure your tot doesn’t spend long periods sat in a stroller or carrier. This will delay your child’s ability to hit that all important milestone, to sit up on their own. Push the buggy quickly, keep your arms bent and your back straight. Remember, keep the handles at the right height for yourself as well!
  2. Swimming – A dip in the pool will do you both wonders. You’ll relish feeling weightless after all those months of a heavy, baby bump. At the same time, your little one will love splashing about with their tiny hands. The best thing is that water workouts with a tot couldn’t be simpler! You can use your baby as a weight. Just hold them underneath their arms, raise them up and then lower their back into the pool. Happy splashing!

Man and woman running with a pushchair with a baby in it


How to exercise with a baby at home

  1. Tummy time – Your little one’s tum time is essential. It’ll help build their muscles for sitting and crawling. Your tot can start to spend time on their tummy from approximately three months. If they have trouble raising their head, roll up a towel and place it beneath their armpits. For some extra wriggle, put some of their favourite toys nearby. This way they can get their muscles working in a fun way! Make sure to only do tummy time when your sweetheart is wide-awake, and always under your supervision.
  2. Dancing – Boogying with your bundle of joy gets a light cardiovascular workout going. Better yet, it involves all the major muscle groups and enhances stability and coordination. Not only that, but a little bit of music will get you and your baby in a happy mood, no matter how tired and stressed you are. Plus, it’s super simple. Just hold your tot close to your body whilst supporting their head and dance away! Try variations of slow and relatively fast music for an elevated heart rate. By keeping your dance moves big and animated, your sweet angel will have heaps of entertainment. No head-banging music though, tiny ears are extra sensitive!
  3. Yoga and Pilates – Both these workouts can help improve your flexibility and strength – and it’s a fantastic exercise for your little one. Once your sweetheart is at least four months old, attempt some mat exercises. Such workouts will target your stomach to get those washboard abs! Lie on your back, bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the ground. Then, prop your tot on your pelvis facing towards you. Breathe in and out, remembering to work your tummy muscles. Don’t forget to give your angel a kiss on the forehead at the same time!

Exercise ideas for children with disabilities

Babies need to be active, including children with a long-term illness or disability, unless their health advisors think otherwise. It’ll aid in their development hugely. Be aware that you’ll probably need to adapt some activities, to fit your little one’s needs.

Exercise strengthens the development of physical and mental abilities of children with disabilities. Not only does it create lots of benefits for them, but for mummies and daddies around the world!

Getting active improves your confidence, keeps you healthy and happy. Don’t overdo workouts for you and your tot, without listening to your body. Remember, always talk to your doctor before starting any post-pregnancy exercises. Whichever type you decide to implement, you’ll be helping them get used to being active from the very start.

Parents who exercise with their children in the early years before school begins, aid them in growing up to be bouncy, healthy beings. Hopefully, this has inspired you to get out on the move with your little one!

 

 

 

 

 

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